1st Roscrea OB - Sat 27/04/24

New NIPA Press Officer – I would like to inform everyone that I have been newly elected as Press Officer for the NIPA and will be covering Sections C, D, F and G in the NIPA in this forthcoming season 2024. I kindly ask for all the Club Secretaries or race Secretaries within these sections to get in contact with me highlighting their club and contact details for the future publication of results, loft reports and any other information for publication. I would loke to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of luck and good health in 2024. I am very privileged to be taking on this esteemed role and I can’t wait to get up and running. Jordan Hughes. "Journey’s End” NIPA Press Officer. Mobile: 07713 808554, E-mail: jordanhughespro.gmail.com
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1st Roscrea OB - Sat 27/04/24

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JOURNEY’S END - N.I.P.A NOTES – SECTIONS C, D, F, & G

The Fun has started after last weekend’s successful season opener for The Mighty N.I.P.A. Up next
was a trip to Roscrea in County Tipperary. A total of 668 Members sent 19,875 Birds to Roscrea for
the second race of the N.I.P.A. Old Bird Season. The Birds were liberated at 9:30AM in excellent
conditions clear blue skies with a very light northerly wind at the liberation point.

MARKEY MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

The Winning Bird from the second Old Bird Race belongs to Owen Markey of Ballyholland H.P.S in
Section G.
That’s 2 from 2, 1 st Open Wins for Owen. The Ballyholland man is carrying his super flying form from
last season into this new 2024 Season. Another outstanding achievement added to Owens already
impressive ever-growing racing record. This week’s Open Winner has been named as ‘Dark Cloud’
The Roscrea Open Winner finished 10 th Open and was bred again by good friends Kevin & Kristopher
Rooney. From a son of Skittle of Marcel Sangers x a daughter of the old Gus Jannsen Cock again
making a cousin to last week’s Open Winner ‘Turn n Burn’. Once again Owen would like to thank the
Rooney’s for breeding 2 Open Winners in a row for Owen. Owen also had the pleasure of Queens
University at the Lofts on race day doing a documentary on Pigeon Racing. Which meant a film crew
were able to capture the birds arriving can’t wait to see the reaction. Many Congratulations to Owen
Markey on claiming 1 st N.I.P.A. Open from the second Old Bird race of the Season and making it 2
Opens Wins in a Row.
Also, Congratulations to 2 nd Open Cormac O’Hare & Dtr of Ballyholland H.P.S. in Section G & 3 rd Open
Winner Jason Whitten & Son of Portadown & Drumcree H.P.S. in Section E. It was a great day for all
with an overall super job done by the N.I.P.A. crew who make our races so successful.

SECTION C REPORT
The Winner of Section C (110/2,983) from Roscrea was D. McElhone of Eastway H.P.S. Davy takes
pole position in Eastway H.P.S. (302 Birds) 1 st Section C (2,983 Birds) and 19 th Open (19,875 Birds)
Davys newly crowned Section Winner is bred from a pair that Mr Wheatcroft sent over and his sister
was also third Ulster Fed yesterday and a third sister was 19 th Fed. Davy would like to thank Mr
Wheatcroft and my daughter Maddison for all her help. Congratulations to Section C Winner Davy
McElhone and Big Congratulations to all Club Winners
Ballycarry & District: (8/253) 1 st B. McCammon 1363; 2 nd W. Degnan & T. McKee 1316; 3 rd S. Beattie
& Dtr 1312; 4 th S. Beattie & Dtr 1305; 5 th S. Beattie & Dtr 1305; 6 th N J Arthurs 1300
Ballyclare & District: (13/503) 1 st A&T Agnew 1423; 2 nd A&T Agnew 1394; 3 rd A&T Agnew 1380; 4 th
G&R Lawrie 1377; 5 th A&T Agnew 1373; 6 th Horner Bros & Son 1372
Carrick Social: (7/238) 1 st Mr & Mrs Reid & Bigger 1396; 2 nd Mr & Mrs Reid & Bigger 1395; 3 rd D&J
Armstrong & Son 1392; 4 th D&J Armstrong & Son 1392; 5 th Mr & Mrs Robinson 1389; 6 th Mr & Mrs
Reid & Bigger 1387
Doagh & District: (7/217) 1 st Mr&Mrs B. McNeilly 1371; 2 nd A&N Lewis 1371; 3 rd Mr&Mrs B. McNeilly
1370; 4 th A&N Lewis 1369; 5 th A&N Lewis 1369; 6 th Mr&Mrs B. McNeilly 1352

Eastway H.P.S: (12/302) 1 st D. McElhone 1432; 2 nd J. Burrows 1397; 3 rd N. McAllister 1391; 4 th D.
McElhone 1391; 5 th J. Burrows 1387; 6 th J. Burrows 1386
Glenarm & District: (6/143) 1 st J&R Baxter 1419; 2 nd J&R Baxter 1396; 3 rd K.S McCloy 1368; 4 th O. O’
McNeill & Son 1358; 5 th K S McCloy 1355; 6 th McMullan Bros 1346
Horseshoe H.P.S: (5/89) 1 st K&D Hagans 1395; 2 nd K&D Hagans 1382; 3 rd K&D Hagans 1382; 4 th N.
Ferguson & Son 1371; 5 th N. Ferguson & Son 1369; 6 th D. McAuley 1329
Kingsmoss: (10/184) 1 st T. Cairns & Sons 1333; 2 nd G&C Lowry 1324; 3 rd T. Cairns & Son 1312; 4 th G&C
Lowry 1296; 5 th J. Dawson & Son 1290; 6 th J&S Graham 1289
Larne & District: (16/426) 1 st Crawford & Robinson 1426; 2 nd R. Mills & Son 1425; 3 rd Crawford &
Robinson 1422; 4 th R. Mills & Son 1401; 5 th C. Campbell 1399; 6 th Rea & Magill 1377
Ligoniel & District: (20/399) 1 st C. McManus 1403; 2 nd W. Corbett & Son 1377; 3 rd C. McManus 1377;
4 th Bingham & Seaton 1376; 5 th C. McManus 1372; 6 th T. Longman 1372
East Antrim Amalgamation: 1st Crawford & Robinson 1426, 20 Points; 2 nd R. Mills & Son 1425, 19
Points; 3 rd A&T Agnew 1423, 18 Points; 4 th Crawford & Robinson 1422, 17 Points; 5 th J&R Baxter 1419
Points; 6 th R. Mills & Son 1401, 15 Points; 7 th C. Campbell 1399, 14 Points; 8 th J. Burrows 1397, 13
Points; 9 th Mr&Mrs Reid & Bigger 1396, 12 Points; 10 th J&R Baxter 1396, 11 Points; 11 th Mr&Mrs Reid
& Bigger 1395, 10 Points; 12 th K&D Hagans 1395, 9 Points; 13 th A&T Agnew 1394, 8 Points; 14 th D&J
Armstrong 1392, 7 Points; 15 th D&J Armstrong 1392, 6 Points; 16 th N. McAllister 1391, 5 Points; 17 th
Mr & Mrs Robinson 1389, 4 Points; 18 th J. Burrows 1387, 3 Points; 19 th Mr&Mrs Reid & Bigger 1387, 2
Points; 20 th J. Burrows 1386, 1 Point.

East Antrim Amalgamation
Roscrea 27/4/24
Saturday saw the 2nd old bird race of the season and after an early alteration to the race program
the EAA found themselves 30 miles further on down the road in Roscrea!
Once again at liberation site the videos and conditions looked excellent and a liberation at 9.30 am
was given the green light.
Topping the Amalgamation this week were the super Larne partnership of Crawford and Robinson,
Rab and Gary timing the hen which had won the previous week for them from Kilbeggan. An
excellent velocity on a challenging day with the weather presenting a few different fronts including
some rain and hail on route.
Sire is a Leo van rijn
Dam is a Lesley madden
Excellent couple of weeks for the lads and very well done from all at the EAA!
Jonny Baxter EAA Press Officer

SECTION D REPORT
The Winner of Section D (70/2,160) from Roscrea was P&J Boal of Dromore H.P.S. Philip took home
the win with 9 out of the top 10 in the club (308 Birds) 1 st Section (2,160 Birds) and 13 th Open plus
many more N.I.P.A. Open prizes (19,875 Birds) Philip has topped Section D for the 2 nd week in a row.
This week’s Section Winner GB23D01285 Sire is again a Kris Van Massenhoven from his box Box 2
Cock. Dam is a Rudy Van Reeth from again ‘The Den 2000’ this hens is the nest sister to the father of
last week’s 1 st Section D Winner 01285 herself was 6 th Section, 30 th Open last week. Many
Congratulations to Section D Winner P&J Boal and Big Congratulations to all Club Winners
Colin H.P.S: (8/209) 1 st J. Gregory & Sons 1396; 2 nd J. Gregory & Sons 1365; 3 rd J. Gregory & Sons
1363; 4 th J. Gregory & Sons 1363; 5 th J. Gregory & Sons 1362; 6 th J. Gergory & Sons 1353

Derriaghy: (6/130) 1 st D. Johnston 1346; 2 nd K. Johnston 1340; 3 rd R. Benson 1320; 4 th K. Johnston
1315; 5 th K. Johnston 1315; 6 th K. Johnston 1314
Dromara H.P.S: (7/263) 1 st D. Aiken 1411; 2 nd C. Rooney & Sons 1377; 3 rd D. Aiken 1352; 4 th C. Rooney
& Sons 1350; 5 th C. Rooney & Sons 1350; 6 th M. Russell 1349
Dromore West End: D/S
Dromore H.P.S: (7/308) 1 st P&J Boal 1435; 2 nd R. Keegan & Son 1401; 3 rd P&J Boal 1399; 4 th P&J Boal
1398; 5 th P&J Boal 1398; 6 th P&J Boal 1397
Glen H.P.S: (6/221) 1 st J&D Braniff 1421; 2 nd P. Farrelly & Son 1377; 3 rd J&D Braniff 1374; 4 th P. Farrelly
& Son 1371; 5 th P. Farrelly & Son 1368; 6 th J. Kennedy & Son 1359
Glenavy & District: (2/80) 1 st I. Gibb & Sons 1408; 2 nd I. Gibb & Sons 1383; 3 rd I. Gibb & Sons 1365; 4 th
I. Gibb & Sons 1352; 5 th I. Gibb & Sons 1340; 6 th G&S Owens 1296
Harmony H.P.S: (7/155) 1 st S. Delaney 1412; 2 nd Abernethy & Turner 1397; 3 rd Abernethy & Turner
1387; 4 th J&V Abernethy 1382; 5 th J&V Abernethy 1355; 6 th Abernethy & Turner 1351
Hillsborough & Maze: (7/426) 1 st J. Greenaway 1426; 2 nd J. Greenaway 1394; 3 rd I. Rollins & Son1293;
4 th J. Greenaway 1392; 5 th J. Greenaway 1387; 6 th J. Greenaway 1375
Kingswood H.P.S: D/S
Lisburn & District: (16/419) 1 st R. Topping & Son 1383; 2 nd R. Topping & Son 1380; 3 rd R. Topping &
Son 1380; 4 th Spence Bros 1373; 5 th R. Topping & Son 1368; 6 th R. Topping & Son 1367
South Belfast H.P.S: (3/84) 1 st T. McNally 1370; 2 nd Lavery, Lavery & Nesbett 1329; 3 rd T. McNally
1324; 4 th T. McNally 1322; 5 th Lavery, Lavery & Nesbett 1318; 6 th R. Kenna 1262
Titanic H.P.S: D/S
Trinity H.P.S: (7/258) 1 st J&L Smyth 1383; 2 nd P&K McCarthy 1371; 3 rd J&L Smyth 1370; 4 th J&L Smyth
1370; 5 th J&L Smyth 1369; 6 th J&L Smyth 1369

SECTION F REPORT
The Winner of Section F (74/1,739) from Roscrea was Burgess & Brennan of Bangor R.P.C. The
successful partnership of Danny & Jim takes the top 2 in Bangor Club (290) along with 1 st & 2 nd
Section F (1,739 Birds) and 151 st & 159 th Open N.I.P.A (19,875) The Section Winner was second club
last week. Sire is a Peter Van Merwe and the Dam is a Grizzle hen of McArdle Bloodlines. Also 2 nd
Section F Winner for the duo is also a hen and the parents are from Cliff Stewart down from his Rollo
Lines. Both hens were racing natural. Many Congratulations to Section F Winners Burgess & Brennan
and Big Congratulations to all Club Winners.
Ards: (9/183) 1 st McGimpsey Bros 1385; 2 nd W. Leckey 1340; 3 rd H&S Muckle 1338; 4 th McGimpsey
Bros 1337; 5 th W. Leckey 1336; 6 th McGimpsey Bros 1326
Annalong: D/S
Bangor R.P.C: (11/290) 1 st Burgess & Brennan 1403; 2 nd Burgess & Brennan 1403; 3 rd R. Moore & Son
1379; 4 th R. Moore & Son 1377; 5 th R. Moore & Son 1377; 6 th Burgess & Brennan 1373
Cloughey H.P.S: (5/109) 1 st C&H Cully 1322; 2 nd McCormick & Young 1306; 3 rd McCormick & Young
1306; 4 th C&H Cully 1300; 5 th C&H Cully 1298; 6 th McCormick & Young 1298
Comber Central H.P.S: (5/104) 1 st W&L Robinson 1340; 2 nd W&L Robinson 1339; 3 rd W&L Robinson
1277; 4 th C. Hutchinson 1262; 5 th C. Hutchinson 1256; 6 th W&L Robinson 1256
Corrigs: (3/49) 1 st P. Brown & Son 1296; 2 nd P. Brown & Son 1274; 3 rd P. Brown & Son 1256; 4 th P.
Brown & Son 1238; 5 th G&P Brown 1235; 6 th P. Brown & Son 1235
Crossgar: (6/124) 1 st Adair & McCombs 1386; 2 nd McCartan & Woodside 1384; 3 rd McCartan &
Woodside 1377; 4 th McCartan & Woodside 1349; 5 th McCartan & Woodside 1343; 6 th S. McLoughlin
1341
Downpatrick Premier: (7/139) 1 st J. Crossan 1361; 2 nd P. McCullough & Dtr 1358; 3 rd Telford Bros
1354; 4 th E. Wynn & Dtr 1344; 5 th P. McCullough & Dtr 1330; 6 th P. McCullough & Dtr 1324

Killyleagh Central: (10/271) P. Murray 1371; 2 nd P. Murray 1362; 3 rd P. Murray 1350; 4 th P. Murray
1331; 5 th C. Healy 1325; 6 th P. Murray 1324
Killyleagh & District: (10/289) 1 st D. Grieves 1379; 2 nd D. Grieves 1373; 3 rd Morisson Bros 1367; 4 th D.
Grieves 1365; 5 th K. Murray 1338; 6 th D. Grieves 1337
Kircubbin: D/S
Millisle & District H.P.S: (9/192) 1 st Rainey Bros 1337; 2 nd Rainey Bros 1335; 3 rd Rainey Bros 1324; 4 th
Rainey Bros 1312; 5 th Rainey Bros 1300; 6 th Rainey Bros 1282
Last week’s Section F Winner from Kilbeggan was Morrison Bros of Killyleagh & District H.P.S. David
is pictured alongside his 3 grandchildren Isla, Kobe and Ruairi all smiles holding the Section Winning
Pigeon. The bird is bred from their old Busschaert and Janssen Lines, which was originally from their
good friends G&P Brown , Annsborough. Congratulation to Section F Winners from Kilbeggan
Morrison Bros.

SECTION G REPORT
The Winner of Section G (50/2,105) from Roscrea was Owen Markey of Ballyholland H.P.S. (See
Opening Report for more Info) Owen Wins the club along with 3 rd & 5 th Places (353 Birds) 1 st & 4 th
Section (2,105 Birds) and 1 st Open & 22 nd Open (19,875 Birds)
Many Congratulations to Owen Markey and Big Congratulations to all Club Winners.
Ashfield: D/S
Ballyholland: (7/353) 1 st Owen Markey 1469; 2 nd C. O’Hare & Dtr 1462; 3 rd Owen Markey 1430; 4 th C.
O’Hare & Dtr 1421; 5 th Owen Markey 1420; 6 th Owen Markey 1419
Banbridge H.P.S: (8/198) 1 st R. Carson & Son 1383; 2 nd T. Mallon 1372; 3 rd McCracken Bros 1368; 4 th R.
Carson & Son 1366; 5 th McCracken Bros 1341; 6 th F. Simpson 1341
Banbridge Social: D/S
Drumnavady: (13/445) 1 st S. Ogle 1403; 2 nd S. Ogle 1403; 3 rd D&K Mallen 1395; 4 th G&S McMullan
1390; 5 th J. Smyth & Sons 1390; 6 th S. Ogle 1388
Millvale: (6/284) 1 st JJ McCabe 1395; 2 nd JJ McCabe 1372; 3 rd JJ McCabe 1372; 4 th JJ McCabe 1361; 5 th
JJ McCabe 1361; 6 th T. Mooney & Son 1360
Newry City: (5/196) 1 st Thompson & Lunn 1395; 2 nd Thompson & Lunn 1394; 3 rd Thompson & Lunn
1383; 4 th Thompson & Lunn 1377; 5 th Thompson & Lunn 1376; 6 th Thompson & Lunn 1376
Newry & District: (11/584) 1 st Mark Maguire & Son 1438; 2 nd J.F McCabe & Son 1424; 3 rd R.
Williamson 1415; 4 th R. Williamson 1414; 5 th R. Williamson 1413; 6 th R. Williamson 1411

Yet again another great race under the N.I.P.A. well done to all who organised a great second race.
Next week as we move into the month of May sees another Roscrea race to get into the swing of
things for further miles to be added ahead. I would like to kindly ask for all club representatives/race
secretaries within the covered sections of C, D, F & G to contact myself to be included in my weekly
Reports, With Club , Section & Open Winning Photos, With the Winning Pigeons Info etc.

This was mentally my toughest report to compile to date as My Granda sadly passed away early this
morning. It was extremely difficult to type and take notes, but I love doing these reports for the
readers and members. Completing this report has kept me focused while also checking in on the
birds for a few breaks in-between. We as pigeon fanciers are also very lucky to have such a sport
that can totally take your mind elsewhere in tough times.
Thank you to everyone for their kind messages.

Rest easy Granda
Yours in Sport , Jordan Hughes

JORDAN HUGHES
‘JOURNEYS END’
N.I.P.A PRESS OFFICER
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Dark Cloud winner of 1st Open NIPA 1st Roscrea for Owen Markey of Ballyholland in Newry.
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